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Blackwater East Priority Development Area

The Blackwater East Priority Development Area was declared by the Queensland Government on 21 June 2013 to support economic development and facilitate development in the Bowen Basin.

This area is located east of Blackwater and north of the Capricorn Highway adjoining the existing Blackwater priority development area. It is vacant land covering an area of approximately 130 ha.

New Blackwater Aquatic Centre

The $15.5 million new Blackwater Aquatic Centre is under construction at the Hunter Street Sports Complex. The centre will have a 50 m competition pool, 25 m program pool, splash pad, amenities building, kiosk, and a community meeting facility. There are several innovative and environmentally sustainable aspects of the project including rammed earth walls and rainwater harvesting.

Central Highlands Meat Processing Plant

The establishment of a meat processing facility near Emerald will enable processing of high quality beef products to supply well-established markets in Australia and overseas.

Central Highlands Meat Processing Plant Feasibility Study

Central Highlands Meat Processing Plant Fact Sheet

The project in the media:

Read our latest media release (December 2015)
ABC Rural online August 2014
Beef Central article April 2015
Article – ABC Rural 22 December 2015
Queensland Country Life article December 2015
Media statement – Qld Minister for Agriculture February 2016

New Street Evacuation Route

New Street in Emerald is being raised to provide the highest and driest access point for vehicles and pedestrians from the area lying south of the railway line into the town centre. To find out more read answers to these frequently asked questions.

Sapphire Gemfields Interpretive Trail

The Sapphire Gemfields Interpretive Trail project is a significant investment initiative in the development of regional tourism infrastructure. It aims to enhance the visitor’s experience through educational and learning opportunities in the interpretation of geological features, history, culture and the fossicking process.

For more information download the fact sheet here.

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